Ben Bradley MP: Benn Act not ‘fully watertight’

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

A Conservative MP has insisted that there are still ways to get around the Benn Act, despite Boris Johnson’s promise that he will comply with the legislation.

The legislation, officially called the EU Withdrawal (No.2) Act, requires the Prime Minister to seek a Brexit delay if a deal or no deal exit is not agreed to by MPs by October 19

But Ben Bradley said he does not think there will be a Brexit extension, and that Mr Johnson will “stick to his word” in taking Britain out of the EU "do or die" by October 31.

Yesterday a Scottish court dismissed a legal bid aiming to force the government to obey the legislation, saying Mr Johnson had already given “unequivocal assurances” that he will do so.

But Mr Bradley said it was “nonsense” that the Act could not be worked around.

“Legislation normally takes six, nine, 12 months to pass through Parliament and all the scrutiny that comes along with that – this was forced through in a day so the idea that it is fully watertight and properly looked at is nonsense," he told talkRADIO's Julia Hartley-Brewer.

The legal action was raised over fears that the Act, also dubbed the “surrender act”, would be ignored after Number 10 said it had a “cunning plan”.

The court’s decision to throw the case out is to be appealed.

Mr Bradley, the MP for Mansfield, backed Mr Johnson's latest plan for a deal and echoed his party’s calls for EU compromise, saying it was a “last chance saloon”.

He said there was “no further negotiation to be had” and if a general election were to be held before Brexit, the Conservative Party would stand on “this deal or no deal” basis.

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